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Miombo Ecology and Management

By Emmanuel Chidumayo
ISBN: 9781853394119
This book provides comprehensive details of the climate, environment, ecology and species characteristic of Miombo, and describes methods for assessing the timber and other resources, through inventories, in order to use the forest sustainably.

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  • Synopsis
    Miombo forest occurs in a swathe across central and southern Africa. Traditionally shifting cultivators have farmed in miombo, and allowed it to regenerate, but increasingly the demands for land and for fuelwood have resulted in deforestation. This book provides comprehensive details of the climate, environment, ecology and species characteristic of Miombo, and describes methods for assessing the timber and other resources, through inventories, in order to use the forest sustainably.
  • Table of Contents
    LIST OF TABLES
    LIST OF FIGURES
    LIST OF TEXT BOXES
    LIST OF EQUATIONS .
    FOREWORD
    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    ABBREVIATIONS
    1 INTRODUCTION
    THE ZAMBEZIAN PHYTOREGION
    Dry forest
    Swamp and riparian forest
    Woodland
    Thicket
    Grassland
    THE ECOLOGY OF MIOMBO WOODLAND
    Climate
    Soils
    Nutrient cycling
    Soil conservation
    Water use and conservation
    Tree regeneration
    Woody plant biomass production
    2 THE UTILIZATION OF MIOMBO
    AGRICULTURE
    Cultivation
    Pastoralism
    WOOD PRODUCTS
    WOODFUEL
    WILD FOODS
    MEDICINAL PLANTS
    ANIMAL PRODUCTS
    Bush meat
    Edible insects
    Honey
    3 THE ROLE OF FIRE
    THE OCCURRENCE OF FIRE
    CAUSES AND FREQUENCY OF FIRES
    PLANT ADAPTATIONS TO FIRE
    THE EFFECTS ON SUCCESSION
    4 MANAGEMENT INVENTORIES AND ASSESSMENTS
    INVENTORIES
    Objectives and procedure
    Sampling design and plots
    Types of data
    Site history
    ASSESSMENTS
    Plant biomass
    Species diversity
    Seeds and seedlings
    Cultivation and deforestation
    Critical population density under shifting cultivation
    Charcoal yield and deforestation
    The effects of fire
    The effects of wood carbonization on soil
    The effects of deforestation
    Grazing and browsing
    Litter decomposition
    5 MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES
    NATURAL REGENERATION
    Harvesting techniques
    Cutting cycles
    Fire management
    Traditional tree conservation practices
    Grazing and browsing
    PLANTATION REGENERATION
    Species selection
    Seed collection and storage
    Seed sowing
    Nursery techniques
    Vegetative propagation
    Planting and tending 143
    Enrichment planting on charcoal spots 143
    CATCHMENT AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION 144
    References
    Appendices

  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Emmanuel Chidumayo
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 184
    Format Paperback / softback